I grew up in New York City and moved to Paris eighteen years ago to pursue my childhood dream of living in France. For a decade I worked as a trend reporter and copy editor, covering independent and well known talents (Mary J Blige, Nan Goldin, Alain Ducasse and Frederic Malle were some of my faves!) for publications like The New York Times Magazine, Cerruti, Helmut Lang, Monocle and Air France Madame. Then I launched my own publication, Paris By Appointment Only, to shed light on Paris’ hidden network of artisans. The blog generated some buzz and in 2010 I was recruited to bring Yelp, the famous local recommendation platform, to France.
For seven years I lead an amazing team of marketing and community managers for Yelp across France, Belgium and eventually the UK in one of the tech world’s most renowned, fast-paced, start-up cultures. We worked hard, and played hard, and I learned a ton about personal development, multicultural collaborations, hackathons and how to stoke the creative fire in the bellies of my teammates (we even created a rock band called The Yeah, Yeah Yelps at one offsite). But I digress.
When Yelp decided to thwart its international program and my six-year tenure came to a sudden halt it was a brutal blow to my identity and ego. But once the dust settled, it became an unexpected chance for me to connect the dots behind what I am best at, most proud of, and want to do next: help people unlock and develop their hidden potential and navigate change with confidence and gusto.
That is why I have become a coach!
There is nothing more stressful and disorienting than trying to pave a sustainable, rewarding, passionate path when you are plagued by fear, guilt, doubt, indecision, disorganization or just plain old fatigue!
So often we make decisions at our weakest, most vulnerable moments, letting chance, or desperation dictate our future. Or worse, we muffle the creative, daring voices inside ourselves because bringing them to life is too terrifying—not because we might fail, but that we might actually succeed!
Yet, what if we had an inquisitive, reliable co-pilot listening deeply and asking the right questions at the right time? An objective and benevolent coach with nothing to gain aside from seeing obstacles overcome and untapped potential spring to life?
I so wish I had someone like that in my corner at critical junctures in my life. Especially as a women trying to have it all at all times —family, relationship, career — with seemingly no room for error.
I hope that I can be for you what I wish I had found for myself.